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I need a formula to count cells with a value containing the word "arc" or the word "robot". The cells are all in the same column, but some of the cells contain both words so I get duplicates in my count.

Solved by M. W. in 39 mins

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Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:45

Welcome to Got It Pro Excel!

User
02/02/2018 - 11:48

ok

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:48

I am glad to be able to help you

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:48

Do you have any example?

User
02/02/2018 - 11:48

I don't have a file

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:48

Ok

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:50

How are you trying to do it?

User
02/02/2018 - 11:52

I've tried a few different ways. Countifs and countif + countif don't seem to work. I must be doing something wrong.

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:52

OK, so you want to know how many cells has robot or arc

User
02/02/2018 - 11:53

yes

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:53

In this case the result should be 6

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:53

right?

User
02/02/2018 - 11:53

yes

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:53

Got it

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:53

Let me see

User
02/02/2018 - 11:57

I think I just figured it out

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:57

Really

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:57

?

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:57

Thats a good solution!

User
02/02/2018 - 11:57

formula in cell c2

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:58

Yes I see!

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:58

Good work!

User
02/02/2018 - 11:58

It only works if the order is right.

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:58

Let me try something

User
02/02/2018 - 11:59

Ok. But I could subtract twice to eliminate duplicates both ways I guess.

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:59

You could

Excelchat Expert
02/02/2018 - 11:59

Have you ever used array formulas?

User
03/02/2018 - 12:00

No. I'm kind of learning on the fly for a new job.

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:00

I see you are very good with formulas

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:00

I think Arrays formulas could solve this problem

User
03/02/2018 - 12:01

Google usually helps but this one is stumping me.

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:01

OK

User
03/02/2018 - 12:01

Can you show me?

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:01

Of course

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:02

give me a moment to make de formula

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:04

I am working with you

User
03/02/2018 - 12:04

ok

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:08

Almost there

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:13

Arrays IF only works with one condition

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:13

trying a work arround

User
03/02/2018 - 12:14

Ok. I will be having more complex counts than this so I hope there is a solution.

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:16

Ok

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:17

=ArrayFormula(SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("arc",A1:A10))+ISNUMBER(FIND("robot",A1:A10)),1)))

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:18

In excel you need to press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter arrays formulas

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:18

if it finds "arc" or "robot" will count 1 in the array

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:19

Do you have Excel Desktop?

User
03/02/2018 - 12:19

So if I had another criteria I could just add another ISNUMBER?

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:20

ISNUMBER(FIND("arc",A1:A10)) this is one criteria

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:20

ISNUMBER(FIND("robot",A1:A10)) this another criteria

User
03/02/2018 - 12:20

I don't have Excel on my home computer. I'll have to wait until I go back to work.

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:20

and you have to separate them by "+" inside of the if

Excelchat Expert
03/02/2018 - 12:21

Ok, you can add more criterias

User
03/02/2018 - 12:21

Excellent! Thank you!

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